According to the latest report produced by the Federación Española de Hostelería y Restauración (FEHR) the hotel industry achieved sales of 116,000 million euros in 2006, an increase of 6% over the previous year and 68% over the last 30 years.
The FEHR president, José María Rubio, showed great optimism with regards to the future of the sector, which represents some 7% of the gross national product and has assured that the tendency will definitely continue.
At the same time the secretary of the Junta de Andalucía for Tourism, Commerce and Sports, Sergio Moreno, has advised that in 2008 we shall experience an increase of about 4% in tourism from Britain, very much in line with what happened this year.
I think it does make sense. Where else would you want to go for holidays or permanently? The South of Spain is the only place I know that is not too far from Britain and where you do not really have to learn a foreign language. Further more it is one of the few places in the world where it is relatively safe to walk in the streets, I mean you still have to watch out when you cross the road on the zebra crossings.
The King of Spain, usually a quiet, very polite and noble person, finally showed the limit of his tolerance as he told the Venezuelan leader, Mr Hugo Chavez Why dont you shut up?
The outburst took place as the Ibero-American summit was drawing to a close in Santiago Chine, when Mr Chavez called the former Spanish Prime Minister a fascist and then persisted in interrupting Mr Zapateros call for diplomacy even though his microphone had been switched off.
The king just leaned forward and said: Why dont you shut up? Shortly after, he stood up and walked away from the meeting. The inceident is still being talked about all over Spain.